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County struggles with Bayshore Manor, homeless shelter issue

October 20, 2017

The idea of converting Bayshore Manor into an overnight homeless shelter received a lukewarm reception at Wednesday’s Monroe County Commission meeting but County Mayor George Neugent will...more

Four county commissioners facing a total of $19,000 in fines

October 19, 2017

Four Monroe County commissioners are facing a total of $19,000 in fines for not properly filing out annual state-required forms detailing their incomes, investments and other financial data. The...more

Tree removal and trimming permits

October 19, 2017

All tree removal and trimming is now subject to the normal City of Key West permitting process.Tree Permit Application forms may be picked up Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Key...more

Woman no show in federal cocaine case

October 19, 2017

A 36-year-old woman who was indicted for distributing crack cocaine and prescription painkillers in the Florida Keys as well as Miami-Dade County did not show up for her surrender last week to...more

Garbage company theft case charges mount

October 20, 2017

MARATHON — The grand theft and forgery charges levied against a former Marathon Garbage Service employee continued to climb this week.  Michelle Ludwig, 34, of Marathon, now faces more than 500 theft- and forgery-related charges stemming from her August arrest.  Ludwig did payroll for the company and is accused of writing checks to...more

October 20, 2017

“Code enforcement is out to lunch. I have called repeatedly about a business on Truman that still dumps its trash on the sidewalk while the Dumpster is empty. Boards with nails; it’s a hazard.” “The Keys had light rail. It did not have to compete with cars or airplanes, yet still lost millions. Now it...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Church launches ‘trap ministry’ to help fishermen

October 18, 2017

LAYTON — Layton Community Baptist Church wants to help foster the livelihood of commercial fishermen who lost lobster traps during Hurricane Irma. Through its new fundraising campaign,...more

County officials say park repairs could take a year

October 18, 2017

TAVERNIER — A popular family picnicking area and long-time host site of Little League baseball, Harry Harris Park remains closed to the public after Hurricane Irma left it in smithereens...more

Fire board votes to meet property tax max

October 18, 2017

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services board approved a property tax hike, budget and Hurricane Irma overtime pay last week during the first of two public...more

Historic Pigeon Key repairs underway

October 18, 2017

PIGEON KEY — Historic Pigeon Key, the 5-acre island at mile marker 47, will welcome visitors once again after repair work from Hurricane Irma is completed, but it will take some...more

Editorials

Hurricane brings together many people

October 14, 2017

It took a couple of killer hurricanes to bring this whole country together and for the moment, got our minds off our problem of racism. I met a beautiful black woman named Susan volunteering with...more

Recognizing Keys’ unsung heroes

October 14, 2017

Last Sunday, wanting to help with the cleanup in the Lower Keys, I drove from Islamorada to Big Pine Key not really knowing where I would find a group that needed volunteers. It did not take me...more

Trump not letting media turn Puerto Rico into his ‘Katrina’

October 10, 2017

President Donald Trump punched back hard against the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, who accused him of insufficient concern about her island. In doing so, Trump shows that he learned from...more

Storm reveals true character

October 7, 2017

Adversity does not build character — it reveals it. This is nowhere truer than here in the Florida Keys. Those in various aspects of government and first responders certainly did an...more

Sports

Battle of the Unbeaten: Conchs put unblemished mark on line against perfect Lions

October 20, 2017

Everything the Key West football team was playing for changed in the offseason as the Conchs turned their focus not only to claiming the title in their new South Florida Conference, but also...more

SBI successful in Clearwater, heads for Key West Nov. 5-12

October 20, 2017

Barely three days after Hurricane Irma affected South Florida, the decision was made by Super Boat International to move forward with the Clearwater National Championship Race on Oct. 5 and, a...more

Dolphins slosh out victory for berth in championship

October 19, 2017

Although the Marathon High volleyball team easily advanced on Tuesday night in the District 8-4A semifinal over Miami Community Charter, coach Kevin Freeman was not pleased with his team’s...more

Senior Spotlight Roman Roberts

October 19, 2017

Q: How long have you been playing your sports? A: I’ve been playing baseball since I was about 6 years old and basketball is just kind of something fun to do. Q: Did you ever play any other...more